Steroid Drug Withdrawal: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 12/10/2020

Steroid drug withdrawal is present when corticosteroid drugs (given to treat inflammation and other conditions) are stopped suddenly. The effects of steroid withdrawal can mimic those of many illnesses.

Signs and symptoms of steroid withdrawal can include

Other possible associated symptoms and signs can include

A decrease in contractions of the gastrointestinal tract can also occur with steroid withdrawal.

Cause of steroid drug withdrawal

Stopping, or decreasing too rapidly, the dose of steroid medication can cause steroid drug withdrawal.

Other steroid drug withdrawal symptoms and signs


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.